Pathways to Delinquency in Hong Kong and Guangzhou (South China)

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-115
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Adolescence and Youth
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2001


Criminologists have endeavored to incorporate the most promising insights from various sociological perspectives into a single integrated causal model to explain delinquency since the late 1970s. Based on the findings of Western researchers and the writer's own social work experience, an interactional theoretical model is constructed to explain the onset and continuation of delinquency. The model incorporates essential criminogenic factors from several theories, such as strain, social control, differential association and labeling. Based on the qualitative analysis of the data collected from 63 in-depth interviews with delinquents and non-delinquents in Hong Kong and Guangzhou (South China), the results support the research evidence from the US and UK in the past few decades that no single theory can explain the onset, escalation and withdrawal from delinquency. © 2001 A B Academic Publishers.